BATH COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky's backwoods keep quite a few secrets. Secrets that if you're lucky will reveal themselves, but some no matter how patient you are stay hidden.
Bearilla lurks in these woods. So the experts say.
Ron Coffey said, "The last known citing that I'm aware of occurred right here in 1989."
The broad-shouldered beast has the body of a bear and a long pointed muzzle like a wolf, hands with dagger-like claws and canine teeth.
"It's been cited all through this area of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada, Pennsylvania," said Coffey. "Course the first case in the 1940s, a young boy claimed to be attacked on a creek bank by this creature."
Dozens of reports have sent Coffey into the woods, researching, "I do not discount that many eyewitnesses. Everybody's just not imagining things and making it up."
He has not found any bones or remains, but says he can prove Bearilla exists with a plaster cast of a footprint. Coffey said he found the tracks last winter in bath county and it matches the description of a Barilla's foot.
Coffey said, "Every single legend is based on some kind of fact. Stories don't just materialize."
Coffey may have been researching Bearilla for more than two decades, but there's another person who's had his eyes on these woods for just as long.
"I think somebody's trying to start a good hoax. That's my opinion," said John Pugh.
Pugh says he has his own proof there's no Bearilla - his roosters and his chickens that roam the yard have never been attacked by a monster beast.
"At night time it's always peaceful and quiet, you don't hear anything going on," Pugh explained.
And that's enough for Pugh to know no 7-foot wolf-life creature is lurking in the woods across the way.
But Coffey says it's only a matter of time until another clue surfaces another eye-witness comes forward proving Bearillas exist.
We tried to talk to someone who claims to have actually seen Bearilla. Coffey said the last surviving witness recently died.
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